Friday, September 17, 2010

ShellShock 2: Blood Trails review (Awesome, Good, Not Bad, Pass, Boring or Lame?)

ShellShock 2 got me hooked after I read the back cover.
Eidos has developed a game beyond the stories of World War 2. Instead of recapping what happened in Germany during WW2, they decided to make a game out of the Vietnam War against the VietCong Army.

To add to the twist of background, zombies are added into the story!
I read the back cover and I thought to myself, "Nobody has ever done that!" so I purchased it for... 2 USD from a local store. So those this game live up to my expectation?

Story:
The story is pretty engaging as you try to find the cause of the plague that is turning everyone into zombies. The Spec Ops team who were sent to Vietnam was never seen again until one of them was found by your army. He turns out to be your brother, Cal but he doesn't look right. He is behaving like a crazy wild animal and is detained by the US Army. And of course, he escapes and you have to look for him. as you pass through stages, you will find out more about the war, key people who wish to use the virus as a weapon, etc.

Graphics:
The graphics is serious shit!
Everything still looks very fake and is not up to par to new gen games. It is much worse than Halo 3 even though I consider Halo 3 as "Bad". It is like a PS 2, Wii, X-Box game. If you are a person who looks at graphics (like myself), then avoid this game at all cost, I had to finish the game and everytime I finish a stage, I just wish that the next stage is the last or this stage is the last.

Presentation:
The stages are pretty linear. All you have to do is get from point A to point B with the mandatory requirement that you kill everything that stands and attacks you. They tried to diversify the surroundings by adding temples, different kinds of houses. But... it's all still the same and boring.

Gameplay:
If you have played other first-person shooter games, then this game should be the same. Wrong! In fact, this game is way back in the line. Sometimes, graphics may suck but if the gameplay is good, I won't mind. As an example, Terminate Salvation graphics are okay but the gameplay is amazing!

This game on the other hang, sucks like crap! Their AI is so dumb that they will only walk towards you and would rather hit a wall on their way, giving you free shots at them. But this can be one of the good points because for some reason, Eidos made these zombies Super-Powered zombies!

You basically die in 5 hits by these zombies and you can hardly survive when 4 or 5 zombies attack you at the same time. Sure, you have the ability to heal on your own (like all new modern shooting games) but you don't have time to heal! Everytime you run away from the pack of zombies, for some reason, they can run faster than you! Which means that you can't run away unless the dumb AI just walks.

You should be able to run through a door even with all those zombies chasing you but the game forces you to kill all zombies first before the door opens. Now this is quite normal in a lot of games. That means that a lot of games are simply... not realistic.

Conclusion:
This game is seriously dumb. Unless you wanna make love to a zombie and is crazy about blood, please avoid this game at all cost!

My rating: Boring

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Transformers: War for Cybertron review (Awesome, Good, Not Bad, Pass, Boring or Lame?)

No, this is not the game of the classic Transformers.
This is a game older than the classic Transformers!

Don't you want to know how Cybertron became paralyzed, causing its inhabitants to escape in their rocket ships to other planets and stars? If you are a Transformers fan, this is a freaking good treat for you!

In the cartoons, we never really get to see how Cybertron was destroyed by Megatron but with the release of Transformers: War for Cybertron, we get to answer questions like:
a) Are Megatron and StarScream gay?
b) Is Optimus always a "Prime"?
c) What on Earth happened to Cybertron?
etc.

Let's start with the story.
So the story takes place before the Transformers G1 where they explained exactly what happened to Cybertron. There were snippets on what exactly happened to it but this game basically seals the story.

Cybertron is basically destroyed by the very power that gave life to all of the bio-mechanical life forms: Energon. However, this Energon is not like any other Energon, it is more powerful and unstable and when you mash it up with a tyrant villain like Megatron, all hell breaks lose.

You get to play as either sides, the rebel Decepticons or the original faction, the Autobots. However, if you are a fan like me, I will go with the chronology which means you start as a Decepticon, discovering the Dark Energon and befriending StarScream.

Next is the voice acting.
You know how bad the voice acting is for SoundWave in the 2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie? They did not use the original cast for SoundWave, making him sound like any other Decepticons out there. But in this game, SoundWave sounds like SoundWave (talking without any emotion or intonation). Everybody is fine, they sound like themselves from the cartoon, even Megatron.
Let's talk about the gameplay.
The gameplay is nothing new, it is pretty much the same as any other Transformers game where you get to the change weapons, shoot enemies, kill them physically and stuff like that but it is in a more fluid, flexible and easy-to-control way. The gameplay is ever more fluid compared to older Transformers games which is just hard to control, slow and plain silly.

The enemies do repeat itself but let me assure you, the gameplay is not always the same. You get to go on turrets, worms and etc.. The only thing that I did not see if that you get to transform into a head (HeadMasters) or something and attach your self to a bigger robot. I am also pretty disappointed that we did not get to use Trypticon and also Omega Supreme. It would be so nice to fry some puny robots.

If you have XBox Live, then you may play co-op (which will be a lot of FUN) with your friends through the storyline. Each mission takes about 45 minutes to and hour to complete, with a total of 10 missions, you should see about more than 10 hours of gameplay.

The cut scenes are amazing. I have never seen Cybertron in such detail. The details are so good that you really feel like you are in Cybertron, fighting off some goons.

Overall, this game is pretty good.
It is not as enjoyable when you do not have XBox Live but it is still a pretty good game.
Especially those who really want to know what happened to Cybertron.

My rating: Good

- Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Monday, July 12, 2010

Predators review (Awesome, Good, Not Bad, Pass, Boring or Lame?)

The Predator returns with a sole focus: themselves.
Rather than being a part hero from the Alien VS Predator series, this movies goes back to the original concept of Predators who are hunters.
Opens in cinemas now and the question is, "How does it fare off on the big screen?". With the rise of "Eclipse", Predators might suffer a big loss in market shares because for obvious reasons girls love looking at hot guys stripping every 10 minutes of the movie.

Anyhow, coming back to Predators.
The story is pretty simple. A bunch of humans were trapped in an unknown planet and they are being hunted by the Predators. Why? How? What? When? Go watch the movie. The story is very simple as it is about survival of these humans from the Predators who are preying on them.

Graphics and sound wise, considering that this is a remake of a very well-respected film, they have to have great sounds and believable graphics and yes, they do.

Nothing much can be said about the movie due to spoilers but I think I will spoil the party a little bit. There is a scene (must be the focus) where a Predator fights off another Predator. Note that both Predators are of different species. This can only be differentiated by their mouth designs.

The cool part of this movie has to be the hunting parts by the Predators. There were quite a number of strategies and tricks used by the Predators to bait their victims and also tricks used by the humans to kill the Predators.

Is this movie a "Must Watch"?
Well... if you are a fan of Predators then the answer is very obvious.
If you are not a fan but is looking for a dark-toned, alien, action movie, then this is the movie for you. And if you are sick and tired of your girl friend calling you to watch Eclipse over and over again just for the sake of watching Edward Cullen and Jacob shirtless, then you might wan'na reward yourself for going through Eclipse by watching Predators.

It is a fair movie. Not as good as Transformers and stuff like that but it is a totally different genre. In comparison to the AVP series, Predators has more focus and simpler story.

Rating: Not Bad

- Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

9 Temples: Death Ghost review (Awesome, Good, Not Bad, Pass, Boring or Lame?)


To all those horror movie enthusiast, this movie is the new sensation.
The poster pictures a pretty freaky little boy who looks as if he has been tortured and his organs been ripped off violently by unfortunately, that is not the case. That boy has something to do with the story but doesn't really look like that. He just looks like some kid who has been burnt to crisp.

Let's start with the story:The story is about this girl who is experiencing supernatural things and constantly gets a reflection from her pass life. The story might seem simple but in actual fact, it is not! You will be scratching your head by the end of the movie. It is just so super confusing!

You have this monk who follows them around. He is just some guy who will advise the girl and her boyfriend on religious issues and also respecting the dead and stuff but by the end of the movie, he is the one that actually plays a big role in the movie? Bloody confusing! From what I understand the girl's boyfriend is actually his brother. The monk and his brother were born to a woman who is struck by bad karma. One of her sons will die, but I don't know why did she give her monk son to the temple.

If this case involves these 2 sons and their mother, what does the girl have to do with anything!
It's so confusing!
I wanted to prove myself wrong that ghost movies don't make sense and Drag Me to Hell proved that to me but 9 Temples once again proved to me that horror films just don't make sense. Maybe only horror movies made by Thai people.

Shock value is also very low.
I was expecting a lot of shock value and will make me close my eyes all the time but hey! There are so little shock value that it doesn't seem worth it to even buy the DVD! And I spent RM 10 on the tickets too! What a waste of money!

In conclusion, this movie sucks ass!
Don't watch this movie and for the love of god avoid it at all time!
This movie sucks so bad that I am so lazy to continue typing.

Rating: Lame! Lame! Lame!

- Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Electro Choc - a City Under Siege (Ballad of Gay Tony)



Another one of my many favourite songs from the club, "Maisonette 9" in the game "GTA 4: The Ballad of Gay Tony". Really kept me jumping but less than the Stickin'!

- Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Electro Choc - Stickin' (Ballad of Gay Tony)



This is the music from the game Grand Theft Auto 4: The Ballad of Gay Tony
The name might not sound much but it is an awesome game!

This music is played in a club in the game called, "Maisonette 9", reflecting the real "Bungalow 8". I got this song stuck in my head since I finished playing The Ballad of Gay Tony. I just had to look for it online! Glad that I found a torrent with this song in it. Just have to wait for a day or two for it to finish downloading.

Anyways, I kept playing the beat in my head and it can't seem to come out!
Glad that I found the OST and now I can listen to it!

- Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Barney Stinson (The Path to Awesomeness)


Barney Stinson!
The awesome one and also the character that gave life to How I Met Your Mother?

Just want to post this video up to show his transition from a hippie to... wait for it....
Suit-Up!

Notice how the antogonistic music plays and also the chair getting up, reminds me a lot about Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode 3! Awesome! Maybe I will be like him and always suit-up!

And he actually has a pretty good advise at the beginning of the video:
"To succeed you have to stop being ordinary and be legend... wait for it... dary!"

Contact:
Jackson Teoh
jackson.teoh.sc@gmail.com